Yasser El-Shimy

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty

Dr. El-Shimy is currently a Political Science Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University. Dr. El-Shimy has worked as a Middle East analyst at US and Europe based think tanks, including the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the International Crisis Group (ICG). He has earned his PhD from Boston University in International Relations and Comparative Politics. His most recent research focuses on the roles of the military and the Muslim Brotherhood in the failure of Egypt to democratize between 2011 and 2013. Dr. El-Shimy's areas of expertise include Egyptian politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, regional security in the Persian Gulf, Lebanese politics, and US foreign and national security policies towards the region. His academic specialties include democratization, political transitions, civil-military relations, Islamist movements, political parties, political economy and international relations theory. Dr. El-Shimy worked in both academic and policy institutions, including the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and George Washington University. His most recent publication is a chapter on the Muslim Brotherhood in an Adelphi series book called Egypt After the Spring: Revolt and Reaction. (ed., 2016) and a report on European-Egyptian relations for ECFR.


Middle East Politics, Civil-Military Relations, Democratization and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East.

Military Praetorianism in the Middle East

Militaries & Politics in the Middle East; The Politics of the Arab Spring; Introduction to Comparative Politics

Book Chapters:

Hokayem, Emile and Taha, Hebatalla (ed.), Egypt After the Spring: Revolt and Reaction. Ch. 3: The Muslim Brotherhood. London: International Institute for Strategic Studies Adelphi Book Series, 2016.

Yeager, Melissa and Carter, Charles (ed.), Pacts and Alliances in History: Diplomatic Strategy and the Politics of Coalitions. Ch.9: Cairo and Moscow: The Frustrating Alliance (1956-1976). London: I.B. Tauris, 2012.

Articles and Reports:

European Council on Foreign Relations, Egypt on the Edge: How Europe Can Avoid another Crisis in Egypt – June 2017

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Sada Journal, Cairo’s Crude Crisis – April 2016

Foreign Affairs, Did Sisi Save Egypt? The Arab Spring at Five –January 2016

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Sada Journal, No Room for Dissent – April 2014

Crisis Group Report, Marching in Circles: Egypt’s Dangerous Second Transition – Aug. 2013

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, (Arabic Op-Eds) November 2012 – February 2013

Crisis Group Report No 133 – Israel and Hamas: Fire and Ceasefire in a New Middle East – 2012

The New York Times, The Final Task for Egypt’s Brass (Op-Ed) - 21 May 2012

Le Figaro, Présidentielle : une lueur d'espoir en Égypte (Op-Ed) - May 2012 Crisis Group Report No 121 – Lost in Transition: The World According to Egypt’s SCAF –April 2012

Foreign Policy, Egypt’s Struggle for Freedom – January 2011

PhD, Boston University